Teamsters applaud first USMCA Rapid Response Mechanism Labor Law Complaint
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Teamsters Union has applauded the announcement of the first labor complaint filed under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Rapid Response Mechanism. The complaint, filed by the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Sindicato Nacional Independiente de Trabajardores de Industrias y de Servicios Movimiento (SNITIS), concerns labor law violations at Tridonex, a factory in auto parts based in Mexico.
The complaint will be the first test of the labor reforms included in the USMCA. Tridonex workers were reportedly denied their right to organize for more than two years and were reportedly harassed and dismissed for their union activities.
“This deposit is a critical test of the USMCA’s rapid response mechanism,” said the general chairman of the Teamsters. Jim hoffa. “Part of the intention of the labor reforms included in this trade agreement was to raise the standards of Mexico and empower workers seeking union representation in the workplace. How? ‘Or’ What Mexico treats its workers has an impact on all workers North America. Every worker in the United States, Canada and Mexico deserves a safe workplace free from intimidation and persecution. “
Tridonex, subsidiary of Philadelphia creamBased at Cardone Industries Inc., manufactures auto parts that are sold in the United States. The company sacked more than 600 workers who wanted to organize with the independent union SNITIS. The campaign began in 2019 after workers were unhappy with the representation they received from Tridonex’s “protection union”. Protection unions in Mexico are generally controlled by the company and offer little or no actual representation of the workforce.
“Tridonex uses dirty stuff to deprive Mexican workers of a decent life. In doing so, they are taking away the wages and working conditions of people across North America. We do not have any trade with companies like Tridonex as long as they do not respect the rights of the workers ”, declared the president of Teamsters Canada, François The door. “Plus, Canadians at Brookfield Asset Management, the company that ultimately controls Tridonex, should be ashamed that so many workers have been abused under their watch. Brookfield to take steps to ensure that their businesses meet at least the minimum standards of the USMCA. “
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million working men and women across United States, Canada and Porto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like us” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
Galien Munroe, (202) 439-7427
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters